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Google licences Rovi interface for Fiber TV

Google's Fiber TV box

Google's Fiber TV box

US firm Rovi has signed a multi-year patent agreement with Google which will see its interactive programme guide used in the latter’s Fiber TV service which launched in Kansas City last week, including on set-top boxes, mobile devices, and on the Web.

This provides a clear indication that Google is planning to offer TV Everywhere services, to be delivered outside the blisteringly fast 1 Gbps fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network it has just inaugurated.

Google’s Fiber TV service offers 160 linear channels, video-on-demand and online content, along with a mighty 2 TB Personal Video Recorder and a free Nexus 7 tablet to control it all – details here.

The service also has a mighty high price attached – there is a US$ 300 connection charge and a US$ 120 per month service charge (although the connection fee is waived for customers who sign up for a two-year contract).

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